If you think that whenever you skip brushing your teeth, you’re only endangering your dental health and not the rest of your body, then think again. There could be a link between what goes on inside your mouth and your overall medical status. If you are not convinced, then here are some of the things which you ought to know:
Sugar can hurt not your waistline but also your teeth.
While it’s pretty much common knowledge that sugar is the root of a dental condition known as tooth decay, but it seems like there also exists a two way connection between an excess of blood sugar and the state of your gums. According to studies, individuals with diabetes type II are at higher risk for the development of periodontal, or gum, diseases as compared to individuals without this problem.
However, researchers are saying that the link could actually exist the other way around with people having periodontal diseases being more prone to diabetes. Researchers contend that the existence of gum disease could be a early warning that a person could be suffering from the early onset of diabetes.
Regardless of whether it’s a chicken or egg problem, it still pays for you to take extra care of your gums. On top of your personal dental hygiene regimen, make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional dental cleaning in the form of a scaling and root planing procedure, which gets rid of tartar from the gumline and polishes the exposed dental roots.
Your weight can affect not just the way your clothes fit but also how your dentures fit.
You’ve been on a week-long vacation and now you’re a couple of pounds heavier compared to when you left, but while your work clothes may require a little bit of effort to fit into, at least your dentures will always fit. Or so you think. According to dentists, fluctuations in weight can actually lead to changes in the way that your dentures fit. So regardless of whether you’ve gained an enitre new wardrobe or if you lost enough weight that you’re worthy to be inducted in the Biggest Loser’s Hall of Fame, you might need to visit your dentist to be fitted with new dentrues.
Your medications could actually affect the beauty of your smile.
While certain medications, including antibiotics are great for getting rid of unwanted infections, they can actually lead to smile problems for you as well. For instance, tetracycline can actually stain teeth, and some antihypertensive medications lead to diminished saliva production which can lead to problems such as gum infections, bad breath and tooth decay.
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